Collecting Aspidistra

The past week has been all about collections: Magnolia, Ophiopogon, Aspidistra and Geum. I consider myself a plant-a-holic (until someone silly trademarks that term), and have been collecting plants since I was a child. My first collections were of Sempervivum and cacti. It’s funny that my nephew also has this fascination with prickly succulents: I’m … More Collecting Aspidistra

Vine weevil

Since I moved to East Kent, and closer to the coast, it seems my problems with vine weevil have increased. I wonder if it is the milder climate, the salty air, or just the higher amount of tough evergreens that can cope with the salt spray that makes these pests more prolific in this area. … More Vine weevil

Visit to the National Plant Collection of Hamamelis (Witch Hazel)

Witch hazel nursery A few years ago I became a member of Plant Heritage. This organisation is all about the conservation of garden plants through National Plant Collections. I am Collections Coordinator for Kent, which is an amazing thing to do. I get to speak to other plant nuts about their collections and geek out … More Visit to the National Plant Collection of Hamamelis (Witch Hazel)


January. As a gardener I always find it difficult to get through January. The festive season seems long ago and the weather tends to be cold, wet and windy. However, it is also a good time to look at the nicer seasons ahead, browse seed and plant catalogues and reorganise the garden. I moved into … More January